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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Ten Canoes" co-Director Rolf de Heer

    Writer/co-director Rolf de Heer's "Ten Canoes" (also directed by Peter Djigirr) has been praised both at home in Australia as well as abroad, taking a special jury prize in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes as well as other nods from fests around the world. Set centuries ago and in mythical ti...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Amu" Director Shonali Bose

    Indian-born director Shonali Bose's Berlin and Toronto '05 feature "Amu" is the story of Kaju, a twenty-one-year-old Indian American woman who returns to India to visit her family and discover the place where she was born. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju stumbles against secrets and lies from her past. A horrifying genocide that took place twenty years ago turns out to hold the key to her mysterious origins. The film received the FIPRESCI prize at the 2005 Bombay International Film Festival as well as two national awards of India for best English-language film and best director. The film opened May 25 at New York's Cinema Village and will ...

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    CANNES '07 ATELIER INTERVIEW | So Yong Kim: "I wanted to focus on specific emotions I had... that I

    Inspired by her childhood, So Yong Kim's Atelier entry, "Treeless Mountain", is the story of abandonment and family bonds. Set in Korea, a precocious six-year-old and her little sister move from the city to their grandparent's country house when their mother leaves to find her estranged husband. So...

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    DiCaprio Talks, Cannes Party Hopping

    It was fun taking a breather at the Hotel du Cap Saturday to interview Leo DiCaprio. Warner Independent shuttled various journos from the Palais along the Mediterranean coast to the Cap d'Antibes. We walked through the sun-dappled woods to a series of cabanas by the water, where we hung out until Le...

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    CANNES '07 ATELIER INTERVIEW | Vimukthi Jayasundara: "'Ahasinwitai' is a kind of climax of the idea

    In The Atelier entry "Ahasinwitai" ("The Fallen"), a young Sri Lankan man flees the violence of the city, venturing to a village where myth and legend still keep a strong hold on the inhabitants. Sri Lankan filmmaker Vimukthi Jayasundara previously won the Camera d'Or in Cannes 2003 with his first ...

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    CANNES '07 ATELIER INTERVIEW | Semih Kaplanoglu: "Time is the raw material of cinema."

    In Semih Kaplanoglu's Atelier project "Milk", a young man who sells milk with his mother watches his world change dramatically as their Turkish town faces globalization and his mother falls in love. Kaplanoglu already has a distinguished record in film. His first feature "Herkes Kendi Evinde" won ...

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    CANNES '07 ATELIER INTERVIEW | Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige: "It is a film that reasserts our

    A view of war outside and in is the subject of Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige's Atelier project "I Can't Go Home", about a pregnant Lebanese filmmaker stuck in Paris as war breaks out back home, while her doctor husband struggles at the center of it. Directors of numerous short films, Hadjith...

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    CANNES '07 ATELIER INTERVIEW | Pablo Aguero: "My town is in the mythical valley of Argentinean Patag

    From Argentina, Pablo Aguero brings his project "Salamandra" to The Atelier, where as a first-time filmmaker his project will be among the few given priority. Described as a "conjunction of opposites", the story is of a mother struggling to raise her son in Patagonia and uses much of the director's...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Fay Grim" director Hal Hartley

    Picking up over seven years after "Henry Fool", Hal Hartley brings us his version of the sequel. In "Fay Grim" Parker Posey again plays Fay, struggling with her son who is turning out to be much like his arrogant father Henry, missing now for seven years. When she's sent by the CIA to Paris to get her husband's belongings, she's thrust into international espionage as she begins to uncover the truth about Henry. To Hartley fans everywhere, new work from the indie film maven is something to celebrate. Toronto Film Festival programmer Noah Cowan wrote: "Hartley's films trade on rhythm and this requires an enormous command of tone by both act...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Day Night Day Night" director Julia Loktev

    Suicide bomber as a tourist? Or a tourist as a suicide bomber? Julia Loktev's artful and haunting feature "Day Night Day Night" sharpens its focus by refusing to take a side. The film follows an anonymous girl (Luisa Williams) as she's loaded with a backpack of explosives, and her suspenseful wal...

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